iPhone under iOS 14: no, Apple did not break its promise on security updates

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At the launch of iOS 15, Apple had hinted that it would continue to update iOS 14 regularly… which it no longer seems to do. Some sites are annoyed by this, but may be on the wrong target.

For a few hours on January 20, 2022, we have been reading everywhere that Apple has not kept its promise on security updates. At the launch of iOS 15 in September, the Californian brand had, for the first time, given its users the choice between the new version of its operating system or slight revisions of iOS 14 which only deployed security patches. A solution well received by people reluctant to large updates, which can sometimes bring a little instability.

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As of October 26, Apple no longer updates iOS 14. Users of iPhone OS version 14.8.1 are now advised to upgrade to iOS 15.2.1, the latest version released on January 12. Did Apple break its promise? This conclusion seems far too harsh to us.

“For a certain period of time”

First of all, let’s look at Apple’s promise. On its website, the brand writes: iOS now offers a choice of two software update versions in the Settings app. You can upgrade to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released to get the latest features and the most comprehensive set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still benefit from important security updates “. A novelty that can be interpreted in different ways, even if the brand’s support pages are clearer and mention an available option “for a certain period of time”. This is an important nuance.

iPhone under iOS 14: no, Apple did not break its promise on security updates
iOS 14 updates don’t last forever. // Source: Numerama screenshot

Should we really be surprised to see Apple stop updating iOS 14? While the two-month period may seem short, it’s actually more than enough time for developers to optimize their apps for iOS 15. Once Apple feels confident that its new operating system is stable, it seems perfectly logical to see it encourage its users to switch to the most recent version. The whole industry does this. All this is all the more true since Apple has probably not abandoned its old OS, contrary to what some may think.

Apple is the best student in the industry

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Indeed, even if Apple has always pushed its users towards new versions of iOS or macOS, its policy vis-à-vis updates for old devices has always been one of the most serious on the IT market.

On September 23, 2021, the brand for example proposed a patch for iOS 12, released in 2018. The 12.5.5 update is intended in particular for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, smartphones released in… 2013 and 2014. Apart from Apple , which manufacturer updates its devices eight years after their marketing? The question is quickly answered: none. Other security updates are regularly offered by the company, especially for Macs that are not eligible for new versions of macOS.

Of course, one might prefer separate security updates from OS updates, like on Android. In the case of an ecosystem like that of Apple, there is nevertheless nothing to cry foul. The most recent devices are entitled to new versions normally as stable as the old ones, the older ones continue to receive updates from time to time. On Android, even with security updates decorrelated from the OS, smartphones are much more quickly abandoned by their manufacturer. Google, the second best student behind Apple, offers a maximum of five years of updates. Other brands, such as Samsung or Xiaomi, do much less well.

iPhone under iOS 14: no, Apple did not break its promise on security updates
Apple regularly updates its older devices, even if they don’t support the latest version of iOS. // Source: Photo Numerama
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In short, all this controversy around Apple seems far-fetched to us. Apple has given two months of respite to the refractory and now suggests that they install the latest version of iOS, which does not seem excessive to us. It would be more problematic to see Apple abandon its old devices on the pretext that they are too old. We are convinced that one day, iOS 14 will be entitled to new patches.



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